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Cartoonish Cat Figure Turns Out to Be the Oldest Nazca Line at 2,000 Years

The natural beauty of Peru rivals the depth of its cultural heritage. Lima, Peru’s capital, was previously referred to as the “city of kings.” The city served as South America’s capital for about three centuries. A region of desert less than 300 kilometers south of Lima seems almost unspoiled by the modern era. This area is said to have been home to an ancient civilization known as the Nasca in the 1st century AD. However, they only left one trace of their presence – the Nasca Lines – which are still visible today.

They’re referred to as geoglyphs, which are large-scale designs on the ground. Nasca, Peru, is where they’re situated. Straight lines, geometric forms, and animal figures are the three basic patterns that they follow as they wind their way over the desert floor.

It has been determined that one of the earliest geoglyphs discovered in Peru’s Nazca area dates back to between 200 and 100 BC, making it one of the world’s oldest artifacts ever found. A Peruvian archeologist called Toribio Mejia Xesspe was the first to discover them back in 1927. They were formed by making depressions on the desert floor and removing stones and soil. Because of this, lighter-colored dirt under the reddish-brown surface of the desert was exposed.

There is a distinct emphasis on straight lines in these engravings. It’s also worth noting that the paintings include a wide range of animals (such as monkeys, spiders, hummingbirds, whales, fish), as well as people.

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Peruvian archaeologists discovered this120-foot-long cat figure carved into a mountainside some 250 miles south of the country’s capital. It is around 120 feet in length, has large, orb-shaped eyes, and looks to be sunbathing itself.

This magnificent Nazca line carving was just discovered before it perished forever.

To a greater extent than most other geoglyphs, this was caused by its placement on a very steep hill. Once the new walkway leading to an observation platform began being created, a hidden cat figure was uncovered. The Peruvian Ministry of Culture has confirmed that the statue has been cleaned and conserved.

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Peruvian head archaeologist for the Nazca Lines, Johny Isla, told the EFE news agency that the giant cat figure dates the Nazca civilization, according to a study. It was made in the late Paracas period between 500 BCE and 200 CE. So, if that’s true, the cat is the area’s earliest known geoglyph.

But why did these ancient cultures go to such efforts to carve huge symbols into the land surface?

We’re not sure, to be honest. In contrast, some archaeologists speculate that they might have been used as wayfinding indicators or to draw the attention of heavenly creatures.

There is just one thing we appear to be certain about, as UNESCO has noted. It shows that this was a significant and long-lasting activity, spanning about a thousand years, by the concentration and juxtaposition of the lines.

This is why the Nazca Lines were listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1994. The site continues growing as more archaic photos are found because of the advent of technology.

AI was recently utilized to improve the appearance of 143 line drawings, for example, by Yamagata University researchers in Japan for their study in 2019. Their work revealed several real and mythological creatures, such as an odd bird-like creature and two-headed snake.

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